Insulation Tips for Remodeling
Insulation Tips for Remodeling
April 24, 2020
If you have an older home, chances are you have undertaken or will undertake several remodeling projects. One of these projects most likely consists of adding new insulation. If you are planning on adding any new insulation to your home, the pros at DFW Thermal are here to help you with some helpful tips for remodeling your home.
Before You Remodel, Keep This in Mind…
While you can handle some remodeling projects on your own, there are others that require the help of a professional such as adding new insulation. During this time when everyone is practicing social distancing because of the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to consult contractors beforehand about hours, appointments and safety practices. Be ready for the fact that you might have to delay remodeling until after the social distancing order ends. You can always hold on to the tips in this post for when you decide to remodel your home and add new insulation to it!
Insulation Tips While Remodeling
- Consider Different Insulation Options
When it comes to insulating an existing house, it’s important to consider the various insulation materials available to you. It’s particularly important to consider their R-Values and their costs. There are several insulation types available to homeowners and each has its own pros and cons. Consider which one works best for your home, the climate you live in, your insulation needs and what your budget is. If you’re not sure what insulation to choose, check out this guide by DFW Thermal about different insulation types, their R-values and their costs.
- Inspect Beforehand
The best way to get an idea of your insulation needs is to do some inspection beforehand. Be sure to start off with the most important places such as the attic. When inspecting for proper insulation in your attic, first start off with a visual observation and check if the floor joists are covered by the blown-in insulation (this technique is applied to attic insulation that is blown, which is common). If the floor joists are covered, that means you have enough insulation material. If the insulation material is at level with or is lower than the floor joists that means you don’t have enough insulation material. The next step is to measure the R-Value—this is something you must do whether you have enough insulation material or not. If you’re not sure how to measure R-Value, check out this guide!
There are other places in your home that you can inspect as well such as your exterior walls. To do this, you will have to turn off the power to the outlet and unscrew the outlet cover. Use a flashlight to look in the crack around the outlet box. If you have enough insulation in your exterior walls, you should be able to see this insulation inside the walls and even reach in and pull it out to determine the insulation type.
- Talk to A Professional
As we mentioned before, it’s important to speak to an insulation contractor before you carry out this remodeling project. This is important, not just for precautions and safety measures, but to get an idea of what your home’s insulation needs are. Plus, if your home is older, you might have to do things a little differently, so It’s important to schedule a consultation. Lucky for you, DFW Thermal offers a free consultation! If you’re interested in more insulation tips for remodeling and learning more about our services, call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service on our website!